ALTHOUGH the corn is in the ground! Why just having the corn in the ground is a good thing; it isn’t everything to making it grow. First and foremost the soil needs to be warm, it also needs to be wet, but not sopping wet; too cold will keep the seed from sprouting. Too wet and cold the seed could rot. (Of course just these two things produce worries that wake my farmer way in the middle of the night and cause sleeplessness to appear.)
Then the pain about our type of soil…if it drys out too fast it will turn hard–too hard and the seed can’t push it’s way through the crust on the top. The top needs to be broken up and smoothed off to help the seedling along…it’s too wet to get the tractor and the Mormon Creaser in to smooth off the top of the furrow…another nighttime worry.
BUT! There is hope. The weather people say this afternoon should see some wind. Wind will be a good thing right now…it will open the skies so the sun can come through and it will start to dry out the ground.
The weather people also say we will see scattered sunshine mixed into the clouds. Sunshine in small doses will also help—-sudden, searing, hot sun will bake the soil quickly and dry it out way too fast, causing cracks to develop and the soil to turn into clods. Gradual is best.
So we wait.
I got most of my yard weeded, but those weeds, which are still growing, will probably reach my hips by the time I get back out there. At least there isn’t as many as there was a couple of days ago, so progress is being made. That fact alone makes me do a happy dance.
It’s way too bad we can’t share all this wet with California and other areas of drought. But I guess, we can’t so we trudge along and thank our blessings one by one. Gradually it will all work out.